“About 700,000 cholecystectomies are performed every year in the United States, according to the American College of Surgeons. Most are the result of blockage due to gallstones. “Gallstones are very common, but most of them are asymptomatic, meaning people have no symptoms. If you don’t have any symptoms from your gallstones, there’s no reason to have your gallbladder removed,” said Dr. James Lewis, a gastroenterologist at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia who was not part of the study.
The vast majority of people with gallstones never have problems from them, Lewis said in a phone interview.”When they do cause problems, then having your gallbladder removed is completely appropriate,” he said.
64,000 women surveyedThe new study, led by Dr. Amelie Barre at the University of Paris Sud in Orsay, used information on nearly 64,000 women who were born between 1925 and 1950 and covered by a national insurance plan. Every two years, they answered questions about their health status, medical history, and lifestyle.
Over the course of 18 years, 2,778 of the women had their gallbladder removed.Women who ate the most legumes, fruits, vegetable oil, and whole grain bread were anywhere from 13 to 27 per cent less likely to have gallbladder surgery than were women who ate the least of those foods.”